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Request for Proposal: EBERO Services

18-Oct-2018 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 4337
LOS ANGELES – The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced in a press release that it is seeking one or more partners to provide Emergency Back-End Registry Operator (EBERO) services. The ICANN organization's EBERO program is intended to ensure protection of registrants in the event of a registry failure. Ensuring the successful transfer of a failing generic top-level (TLD) aligns with the ICANN org's objective to support a healthy, stable, and resilient unique identifier ecosystem and is consistent with its mission and bylaws.

There are currently three EBERO service providers who have partnered with the ICANN org to provide 24/7 on-call, emergency services in the event of a gTLD registry operator failure.

Since the original Request for Information (RFI) in 2011, the industry has significantly matured. The ICANN org seeks to align the requirements of an EBERO service provider with its understanding of the market for emergency back-end registry support services. Additionally, as part of its procurement policy to periodically review vendor contracts, the ICANN org is conducting an open RFP. This means that in addition to prospective new providers, the existing EBERO service providers will also be required to submit proposals in order to be eligible to continue as an EBERO service provider.

The primary objective of this RFP is to identify one or more providers suitable to support the ICANN org's ability to respond to and coordinate the emergency recovery of a gTLD registry. The ICANN org intends to identify one or more providers in regions where the largest number of New gTLD Program registries are currently based —Asia Pacific, European, and North American regions. Additional considerations include sharing a mutual responsibility to Internet users in their desire to ensuring the stability of the Internet.

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